Friday, April 7, 2006
Congratulations to UT Law! Yesterday, the University of Texas School of Law inaugurated its new Capital Punishment Center (CPC) with speakers including Judge Charlie Baird (formerly of the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and currently a candidate for District Judge), and American University professor and humane rights defense attorney Mike Tigar. The CPC combines and expands the school’s academic and clinical programs on the death penalty.
The Center will be co-directed by UT Law professors Rob Owen and Jordan Steiker, who have worked together with clinic students for more than a decade on capital punishment cases. The Capital Punishment Clinic has had numerous successes over the years, including two victories in the United States Supreme Court.
Additionally, the CPC has expanded UT Law's clinical program with the hiring of additional faculty. Jim Marcus will join the clinic's faculty. He currently is the executive director of the Texas Defender Service, the premier non-profit providing representation (both directly and through consultation) to indigent death-sentenced inmates. Marcus joins Owen, clinical faculty member Maurie Levin, an experienced death penalty lawyer, and clinical faculty member Meredith Rountree, as a supervising attorney within the clinical component of the Center. The Center is also expanding its course offerings to students. Currently, there are four classes relating to the death penalty, including a new class on mental health issues and the death penalty. [Mark Godsey]